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FoodDayThis year is the 3rd annual National Food Day which is celebrated every year on October 24th. Food Day is sponsored by the Center for Science and the Public Interest and promotes healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year, there were over 4,700 events across the country celebrating Food Day and even more events are expected this year. Food Day Events inspire people to eat healthy by enjoying real food and to think about national food guidelines. This year, Food Day will focus on fairness for food and farm workers. Click here to find a local Food Day event near you!

WIC promotes eating fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy diet. Many of WIC’s programs also align with the goals of Food Day!

  • Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program: WIC participants may receive farmers’ market coupons that they can use to buy locally grown fresh produce at markets. This program helps support local farmers as well!
  • Fruit and Vegetable Benefit: WIC participants are able to use their benefits to buy fruits and vegetables at grocery stores. This is a great way to promote healthy eating. Many people use this money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season!
  • Cooking Matters: A number of local WIC programs offer Cooking Matters classes, where participants can learn how to shop on a budget and cook healthy meals that are affordable and delicious. This program promotes health and nutrition so that families can live healthy and happy lives!

Some local WIC offices have events planned to celebrate Food Day!

• Berkshire South: Event focused on having a healthy, edible, and fun Halloween
• Lowell: Food Day Festival in collaboration with the Lowell Food Day Committee
• Springfield South: Cooking demonstration with ingredients found at the GoFresh Mobile Market
• Dorchester South: Health Center showing of Ted Talks on the topic of Food Justice as well as an “Apple Crunch”

Check with your local WIC program to see what events they have going on for Food Day!

This year, celebrate Food Day by enjoying healthy food and supporting the world we live in. I will be enjoying the farmers’ markets this fall! What are you doing for Food Day? Let us know your plans!

Written by:  WIC’s  intern Suzi Hinck

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